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Old 22nd Feb 2013, 08:59   #1 (permalink)
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Cargo Lion - Luxembourg

I have just watched an old video on it was a programme made by Discovery back in 1997 entitled 'on the inside' about Cargo Lion in Luxembourg and their operation of DC-8 freighters.

DC-8 LX-TLA was featured; sadly this aircraft was withdrawn from service and stored at Greensboro, North Carolina around 2001 and was broken up in March 2004.

The crew featured in the programme were Captain Peter Levin, First Officer Philip Mouyiaris, Flight Engineer John Trent and Load Master John Jones. Where are they now?

Cargo Lion long since gone, sadly. All in all a very interesting programme which highlighted just how tough the business was to make any money. If anyone worked for the company or know the crew, it would be good to hear your comments on this thread.
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Old 1st Mar 2013, 08:36   #2 (permalink)
 
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During the filming we learned that TV personnel can consume equivalent amounts of alcohol as airline personnel.

The programme you refer to was actually titled "Sky Truckers" (or something very similar), the demise of LX-TLA was due to the failure to appropriately supervise a major check in Greensboro hence the bill became huge (subsequently causing the aircraft to be siezed for non-payment) and, by then, the significant monies profited from the A310 (LX-TXA) operations of 1997/1998 had long since been squandered, with the retirement/grounding of the majority of B-707F's the 40T freight market became a thing of the past, the purse strings became tighter and tighter and the rest is history.

As for the crew mentioned, no doubt Pete and John and John will long since be retired by now and Philip, although being British by birth he hailed from USA, left the company shortly after the filming having been offered a position flying B747's out of NYC.
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Old 1st Mar 2013, 16:30   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you Phileas Fogg for the information; I was just interested to see what became of the crew; it was an interesting programme which I felt put across the challenges of such an operation.
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".....failure to appropriately supervise a major check...." Haha!!

That's not the first time thats happened. The outfit I worked for had some heavy maintenance done on an a/c. The boss got it half right, as he sent an engineer to supervise on his behalf. However said boss held back his pay. What happened? Well the engineering company bought the engineers allegiance and put him on the payroll. The maintenance bill sky rocketed also. The rest is history.
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LAS1997,

What the camera's didn't show ... The "know it all" director assumed that on the Luxembourg-Port Harcourt-Accra flight(s) a $100 bill would see him alright for filming on the ground in Port Harcourt ... Alas the "Camp Commandant" fined him the $100 bill for illegally importing a camera, would not allow him to film, hence the only filming there that was done was as they were taxying back out again.

But wait ... It gets better ... Upon arrival in Accra he decides to go out filming for the evening only to get run over on the pavement/sidewalk by a motorcycle ... Upon arrival back in LUX we medi-vac'd him out to UK whilst us and his film crew went out, yet again, to get sh1tfaced

Oh ... Back in the day
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I remember Sky Truckers well. Thoroughly enjoyed the programme.

What happened to the owner, can't remember his name though.
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Old 5th Mar 2013, 20:44   #7 (permalink)
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Bertram Pohl was the chap. He came up with the quip:

"...how do you make a small fortune in the airfreight business?"....

"...you start with a BIG one!"
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I flew with Trenty (John Trent) a couple of years ago DC-8 Ostend based, you'll probably find him on the golf course!
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Bertram had a large fortune as an heir to the Wella compang
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